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Southeast Learning Garden

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Adjacent to the Administrative Building and the YMCA Childcare Center, you’ll find the Southeast Learning Garden. During the winter months, the garden can be a quiet spot to bundle up and soak in nature. In the spring, you’ll find student leaders abuzz, preparing the ADA-accessible raised beds for planting and maintaining our diverse array of native and local edible and medicinal plant varieties. Originally built as a demonstration space, the Southeast Learning Garden has many different features such as a variety of urban compost methods, herb spirals, a geodesic dome greenhouse, and more!

Students engage in the space through clubs, STEM research projects, and community-based learning throughout the year. We welcome volunteers to support our efforts and are always happy to bounce ideas about ways to ensure space ia accessible to our students and the community.

Our space models what can be possible with limited resources and space when exploring gardening in an urban setting, and we’re not shy about our “rough edges” or weedy patches. We work closely with efforts associated with food insecurity and food justice, as well as connecting the garden to STEM learning opportunities.

Get involved

Free food stand in the Learning Garden
Food Justice Club

The Food Justice Club is a group that is passionate about gardening, urban agriculture, and empowering students to develop skills and resources to support equitable access to food. Learn more and join in Panther Hub.

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Harvest from garden
Student Sustainability Hub

Explore sustainability, build community, and strengthen your skills at the PCC Student Sustainability Hub.

Food Forest at Southeast Campus

Southeast’s Food Forest promotes pollinators, sustainability, and food security. Fruit trees, nut trees, and berry bushes were introduced into the existing campus landscaping for the community to forage, making an instant connection to the environment – anyone can see, pick, and eat what’s there.

The Food Forest provides healthy food to the PCC community, the kitchen, the onsite child development center, and community education classes. It also acts as an extension of the learning garden, promoting urban agriculture, and helping address food insecurity among the campus community. Find a map of the Food Forest and enjoy!

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